Maybe you’re stuck in a dead end 9-5 with no room for growth or you just need a change of scenery. You may even be following your passions. Beginning a new career can be scary, but often a necessary change that far too many people are afraid to make. If you’re not one of those men and you’re eyeing a new career, here’s how to pursue a new career while still getting the bills paid.
Dads may find themselves pressed for time in their day to day lives. Between working and taking care of their children, there’s not much free time left. If you’re going to pursue a new career, the first thing you should do is find the time to do so. A career change may require classes, special training, or other time-consuming things. Struggling with time management may present difficulties when pursuing a new career. You may investigate night classes if your new career would require them, so you can continue working days to pay bills. This all boils down to one of three things regarding time management. You can make more time by getting up a little earlier or you can forgo your usual hour of Netflix before bed.
If you’ve done everything to make time and you’re still lacking, try finding ways to manage your time more efficiently. Prioritize your day and cut down on activities that aren’t going to impact your day in a significant way. If all else fails, become more flexible during your day. Work through lunch if you can or even find someone you trust to watch your children for the evening so you can focus on the tasks at hand.
Changing careers doesn’t come cheap. You may have to make some sacrifices in order to financially prepare for a career change. This may mean cutting cable or other unnecessary expenses and working on a budget. Budgeting can make a world of difference when it comes to money management. This way you can see exactly where your money goes each month and make cuts as needed. You may even need to pick up extra hours or a second part time job to further increase the difference between what you make and what you spend.
Find a Way
Some careers require certifications, classes, or other things before you can get started. Figure out what you need to get started in the career you’re pursuing and get started. Avoid the unnecessary things and jump right into what’s required. Some certifications or classes may just be nice to have and not a necessity to start your new career. Those can wait if you get the necessary requirements done first. The sooner you can get started, the better!
Find the Motivation
Pursuing a new career while still getting your bills paid is going to take a lot of hard work and motivation. Your days will get longer, your down time will get shorter and you may end up getting less sleep than you did before. Finding ways to stay motivated while pursuing your new career is important so you don’t fall off the path and get overwhelmed.
If you’re a dad with his sight set on a new career but you’re worried about managing the bills while doing so, just know that there is a way to do both. Time management is important, especially if your new career requires classes or certifications you don’t have. Between those requirements and your current job, plus kids, the hours in a day may not be enough. Get up a little earlier or skip your nightly shows. You’ll always want to create a budget and cut expenses wherever you can. Skip the fluff that may be in the way of landing the career you are pursuing. Take only the classes that are required and worry about recommended classes later on.
Most importantly, stay motivated. It is going to be a trying journey filled with long days and nights, less sleep, and less time for relaxation. Focus on the end result and get started!